Following the official presentation of its Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk in Cairo, Egypt, in February 2012, ICOM continues to actively promote the protection of the nation’s cultural heritage.
Prof Dr Mamdhouh Eldamat, Cultural Counsellor of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Mr Kurt Machens, Mayor of Hildesheim; Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM; and Prof Dr Regine Schulz, Director of the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum; officially present the Emergency Red List for Egypt in the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany.
11 May 2012 - ICOM officially presents its Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk in Germany
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) officially presented its latest Red List, the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk, now available in Arab, French, English and German, at the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, on Wednesday, 9 May 2012.
Director of the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Prof Dr Regine Schulz, and ICOM President, Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, headed this important event in the protection of Egyptian cultural heritage, which took place in the presence of the Mayor of Hildesheim, Mr Kurt Machens, and the Cultural Counsellor of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Prof Dr Mamdhouh Eldamat.
Participants to the event included museum professionals and the media, both local and national, written press and television. The presentation was followed by a reception at the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum.
The Emergency Red List for Egypt is an important effective tool aimed at assisting police and customs officials, heritage professionals and art and antiquities dealers identify the types of categories of objects most susceptible to illegal trafficking. The aim is to raise awareness on the issue of smuggling and illicit trading of Egypt’s cultural goods, and to prevent these acts from becoming widespread.
This ICOM initiative was conducted in cooperation with its International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG), and with the participation of national and international experts in archaeology and history and from the Ministry of State for Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk was made possible thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.